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Marnie Perlik, Activist Wife of Late Guild Leader, Dies at 90

Marion “Marnie” Ford Perlik’s remarkable life began as a globe-trotting "Army brat” and grew into a groundbreaking career as a journalist, union leader, human rights activist and, later in life, a new career as a critical care nurse. In the late 1940s, as a Chicago-based United Press reporter and Newspaper Guild representative, she recruited a new Guild member, Charles “Chuck” Perlik, Jr., who would become her husband. He would also become the Guild’s longest-serving international president. “They used to say their marriage was ‘union made,’” the couple’s children say in an obituary for their mother, who died April 3 at age 90 in Springfield, Va.